Can Alex Mowatt seize his moment against Leeds United?

Alex Mowatt of Barnsley during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

Alex Mowatt is set to face Leeds United this weekend.

Alex Mowatt of Barnsley during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

Leeds United will face former player Alex Mowatt this weekend for the first time in two-and-a-half years.

It was in January 2017 that then Leeds boss Garry Monk decided to cash in on Mowatt and sell him to Barnsley.

Two years earlier Mowatt had won Leeds' player of the season award ahead of Lewis Cook, reward for a series of impressive performances lit up by spectacular strikes.

 

More than any other player at Leeds, Mowatt had been negatively affected by changes in management, suffering after Neil Redfearn left.

Uwe Rosler's desire for a high pressing game did not suit Mowatt, and he remained inconsistent under Steve Evans and then Garry Monk.

 

Alex Mowatt of Barnsley gives his team mates instructions during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Barnsley, United...

Moving to Barnsley, while local to him, was not an easy transition for Mowatt.

He was sent off on his debut and picked up a three game ban, and started only five games before the end of the season.

The next season he was loaned out to Oxford United in League One, where he was at least able to get back to playing regularly again.

Last season at Barnsley he scored eight goals and provided eight assists, earning a new contract and helping the Tykes win promotion.

This weekend he goes up against former club Leeds for the very first time, and will be keen to show he is getting back to his best.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who played with Mowatt in the academy, will have to defend smartly to shut Mowatt out and prevent him from attempting one of his trademark long range screamers.

Having waited so long for this opportunity, Mowatt will be determined to seize it.

Barnsley's Alex Mowatt during the FA Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Barnsley at Turf Moor on January 5, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

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